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Beijing's 16 best high-end hotels

The Chinese capital boasts almost numberless luxury hotels, but these 16 Experts' Choice winners rise above the rest.

by Michael Carl Budd

A sprawling city of millions and the capital of one of the world’s most populous countries, Beijing offers an escape into luxury: these 16 hotels are the best of the best, Experts’ Choice hotels, and many are worthy destinations in and of themselves. 

Opposite House needs no signage, but is instead announced by its signature green glazing.  Its modern, minimalist interiors suggest a vision of China as cutting edge and future-focused.  Aman Summer Palace takes luxury in another direction—China's rich imperial past—with its Ming-inspired décor.  The hotel opens up onto the Summer Palace, TripExpert's number one attraction in Beijing.  Guests can even get access to the palace before regular visitors. 

Check out these properties and the others on this list, many outposts of familiar international luxury hotel brands.

The Opposite House 96

Building 1, No.11 Sanlitun Road

This trendy Swire-owned boutique hotel is top-drawer chic... the location is great for shopping, restaurants and drinking.

- Lonely Planet

Aman Summer Palace 92

No.1 Gongmenqian Street, Yiheyuan, Haidian District

Tranquil resort hotel adjacent to the East Gate of the historic Summer Palace.

- Andrew Harper

Kerry Hotel Beijing 88

No.1 Guanghua Road, Chaoyang District

Two blocks north of Guo Mao, this trendier version of China World is also under Shangri-La management

- Star Service

Beijing Hotel NUO Wangfujing 88

33 East Chang An Avenue, Dongcheng District

This rejuvenated property is close to the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, the Silk Market and other famous sights

- Star Service

The Peninsula Beijing 87

No.8 Goldfish Lane, Wangfujing

White-tile exterior looks dated these days, but the unflinchingly high standards remain.

- Lonely Planet

Grand Hyatt Beijing 86

1 East Chang'an Avenue, Dongcheng District

Within easy walking distance of Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, this 18-story glass tower offers top-notch amenities and a prime location.

- Star Service

Park Hyatt Beijing 85

No.2 Jianguomenwai Main Street, Chaoyang District

The luxury arm of the Hyatt group opened this hotel in 2008 and immediately won praise for its grown-up ambience and stylish bar and restaurant, which has superb views over the city.

- DK Eyewitness

Regent Beijing 84

No.99 Jinbao Street, Dongcheng District

This glass-fronted "first-class high-rise" on Jinbao Street is a quick subway ride from Tiananmen Square. Interiors meld classic and contemporary styles.

- Condé Nast Traveler

Waldorf Astoria Beijing 83

No.5-15 Jinyu Hutong, Wangfujing, Dongcheng District

Though Beijing is several time zones from New York, there exists a tantalizing link between the Big Apple’s Fifth Avenue grand dame and Waldorf Astoria Beijing, her younger Chinese sibling.

- Forbes Travel Guide

The Ritz-Carlton Beijing, Financial Street 83

1 Jin Cheng Fang Street East, Financial Street, Xicheng District

White glove service makes this a haven for expense account road warriors and neighbourhood sub-primers alike.

- BlackBook

Rosewood Beijing 83

Jing Guang Centre, Hujialou, Chaoyang District

With a deep understanding of both Chinese culture and modern luxury, Rosewood Beijing blends the two seamlessly into a sophisticated yet comfortable hotel in Beijing’s central business district.

- Forbes Travel Guide

Four Seasons Hotel Beijing 82

No.48 Liangmaqiao Road

When it comes to hospitality it's fair to say that the Four Seasons has become synonymous with service of a level that still somehow manages to exceed expectations.

- Fodor's

The Ritz-Carlton, Beijing 81

No.83A Jianguo Road, China Central Place, Chaoyang District

Unlike the other, more modern Ritz-Carlton in Beijing, this Ritz in the Chaoyang district represents the Old World charm that's often associated with the luxury hotel brand.

- Forbes Travel Guide

Shangri-La China World Summit Wing, Beijing 81

No.1 Jianguomenwai Avenue, Chaoyang District

The gorgeous five-star China World Hotel delivers an outstanding level of service to its well-dressed, largely executive travellers.

- Lonely Planet

Hilton Beijing Wangfujing 81

No.8 Wangfujing East Street, Dongcheng District

This sleek Hilton is tucked onto a side street near shopping street Wangfujing. The rooms feature modern design, with flat-screen TVs, iPod docking stations, and rain showers.

- Time Out

Fairmont Beijing 80

No.8 Yong'an Dongli, Jianguo Menwai Main Street, Chaoyang District

The Fairmont succeeds in successfully juggling the requirements of both business and leisure guests in some style.

- Time Out

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